Random House eBook Price Hike Round Up

Normally I would be all fired up and writing a post of my own on this, but right now I just feel defeated. So here's the break down. What Random House said Titles available in print as new hardcovers: $65- $85 Titles available for several months, or generally timed to paperback release: $25-$50 New children’s titles available in print as hardcovers: $35-$85 Older children’s titles and children’s paperbacks: $25-$45 What it looked like in reality (new prices went into effect on Thursday) Eisenhower in War and Peace $40 Wednesday, $120 on Thursday (print version a little Read more [...]

You’re Invited! – This Is What a Librarian Looks Like

I'm so excited to announce this new project! As the ultimate compliment to Library Day in the Life we bring you This is What a Librarian Looks Like! What: a site to go beyond the bun and challenge old, outdated librarian stereotypes with photos of real librarians in their real lives doing real stuff :-) Who: YOU! The site is up and running and ready for submissions. So find a picture that you think best represents you to the world and submit it! Please don't submit photos of others and be tasteful! This is a fun, light-hearted project, please approach it in that spirit! Where: This Read more [...]

Mea Culpa on Penguin and Libraries and An Alternative to OverDrive

I feel I need to make a clarification on yesterday's post title How to Talk to Your Patrons About Penguin & Other Publishers Not Loaning eBooks to Libraries - Penguin did NOT stop doing business with libraries. They stopped doing business with OverDrive. As Publisher's Lunch Points out: As we have reported multiple times, but does not seem to have seeped out into general reports or public consciousness, multiple publishers have told us that Overdrive's implementation of their Kindle library lending--in which library patrons are sent to a commercial, third-party retailer, in this case Amazon--is Read more [...]

How to Talk to Your Patrons About Penguin & Other Publishers Not Loaning eBooks to Libraries

[edited 2/11/2012] I feel I need to clarify that Penguin did not stop doing business with libraries, they stopped doing business with OverDrive, read more here. And how to get them to talk to the Publishers. I've had this post in my drafts for a long time. I originally planned to include it in my November post Penguin Pulls eBooks From Public Libraries Dropping it Down to 1 of the Big 6 Publishers Playing Nice With Libraries, but cut it at the last minute.  Thanks to Sarah's post about Penguin's decision to end it's contract with OverDrive. I'm digging it out and polishing it off. In Read more [...]

Reflecting on Library Day in the Life Round 8 #libday8

Wow! Hard to believe when this all started I could read all the posts by all the bloggers. Now I couldn't if I wanted to, never mind the tweets. Some numbers from Round 8 of the Library Day in the Life Project, Twitter has made it increasingly hard to get data from Tweets by closing access for services such as WhattheHashTag and TwapperKeeper, so I don't have the numbers from Twitter like I have in the past.  My best estimate is that there were over 1,000 people tweeting with the #libday8 hashtag. From the wiki: 350 people have registers 20 Countries including: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Read more [...]

The First Rule of ALA Executive Board is You Don’t Talk About ALA Executive Board

Ok not really. At least I don't think so. Based on how many people I talked with at MidWinter who didn't know about the election process or what Executive Board does it might be. :-) Several people contacted me and asked me to elaborate on the Executive Board process and experience I mentioned in my MidWinter reflections post. It does seem odd to me that there isn't more information out there about the process, especially from past candidates. No one said I couldn't talk about it and since I have been very transparent over the years about most, if not all, of my professional endeavors I thought Read more [...]

How Useful Are the Top Ten Link Posts?

This year has brought many changes, one of them is less blogging. It is hard to believe there was a point when I blogged everyday, now I spend my 5am-6am time studying. At the beginning of 2010 I decide to try something new and each week pick the top ten, the best of the best of the links I'd shared on Twitter that week. I still share a lot on Twitter (though not as much) and I still think that those links are important, so I'm torn about the Top Ten Links posts. I think there is still value in them, though I guess the more important question is - Do you? If I do continue posting them I'm Read more [...]

Why Are You Here? Reflections on ALA MidWinter #alamw12

This Midwinter was different for me. It is the first one I have attended since returning to school full-time. It means I paid my own way, every penny of it, and I was on my own time. It also means I chose to have my badge just say my name and city and state. This is not my first conference since returning to school, I was at Internet Librarian in October, but MidWinter was markedly different. The first question you are often asked when you meet new people is where you work or what type of library you work in. My response was usually that I wasn't currently working full-time in a library, that Read more [...]

Sign Up For Library Day in the Life Round 8! #libday8

I can't believe it but it's almost time for Round 8 of Library Day in the Life Project! It will run January 30th through February 5th. What is the Library Day in the Life Project? It's a chance to share your day, or week, with other librarians and hopefully the public at large. It started when I come discovered someone had searched “What’s a librarian’s day like” to find my blog so I wrote a blog post suggesting that other librarians and library workers blog what we do all day at work.  Then we (and maybe patrons) could see what we do all day. A second objective is to escape Read more [...]